Great Writing Tips From Publishers & Authors

I have been very lucky to interview some great Indie publishers over the last year. Most of them are writers as well.

From e-mags and quarterly print publications, to anthologies, novellas and novels, these are the people bringing fresh new voices to the crime fiction world.

Here is a collection of recent quotes along with a few interview excerpts. Click on the links to read the full interviews.


Craig T. McNeely is owner and editor-in-chief of Double Life Press and a writer. His short fiction has appeared in All Due Respect, Thuglit, Flash Fiction Offensive and more. He lives in Arkansas where he’s quietly plotting the takeover of the publishing world.

Read the Craig T. McNeely interview HERE.


[Interview excerpt]

Both of your novels were published by your own company, Follow Your Dreams (FYD) Media. Why did you originally decide to take an independent approach to publishing?

The technology is out there to publish, distribute, and promote like never before. I once got the opportunity to speak to Sue Grafton who said, “Wait. Give it time and the book will get (traditionally) published.” I just kept thinking, “Why wait? What for?”

Read the Laurie Stevens interview HERE.


Christopher Black is a noir writer of little note and editor-in-chief of Number Thirteen Press—a project to publish thirteen quality crime novellas, one on the thirteenth of each month for thirteen months.

Read the Christopher Black interview HERE.


[Interview excerpt]

What advice do you have for new authors who want to get their manuscripts in front of publishers like you?

Believe it or not, many of the folks I end up working with are sent to me by someone I’ve worked with before. I pride myself on being a guy with a lot of integrity and one that is honest and trustworthy. My advice to new authors is to learn the craft and make a connection with an established author. Learn from them, ask for and accept the input and guidance they provide. If you’re manuscript is good, they’ll help you find a good indie publisher.

Read the Eric Campbell interview HERE.


Todd Robinson is the creator and Chief Editor of the multi-award winning crime fiction website THUGLIT.COM. His debut crime novel, THE HARD BOUNCE, is available from Tyrus Books.

Read the Todd Robinson interview HERE.


J. David Osborne is publisher-in-chief of Broken River Books, a small press dedicated to publishing strange, left-of-center, transgressive fiction. He is also the author of five books including BLACK GUM.

Read the J. David Osborne interview HERE.


Mike Monson is the editor for All Due Respect, a publisher of crime fiction books and a quarterly magazine. He is also the author of the novel TUSSINLAND, in addition to a short story collection and two novellas.

Read the Mike Monson interview HERE.


Tom Pitts is an acquisitions editor at Gutter Books and a co-editor of the Flash Fiction Offensive. His latest novella, KNUCKLEBALL, was released by One Eye Press in March.

Read the Tom Pitts interview HERE.

S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.


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